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Senators protective of potato in face of USDA limits

USA Today
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to limit how many starchy potatoes American schoolchildren eat each week as part of the federal school lunch program, beginning next year. A bipartisan group of senators from potato states says the USDA proposal is half-baked, and lawmakers will try to block the rule Monday with an amendment to the 2012 agriculture spending bill.

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    Opinion: Junk food government

    The Tampa Tribune
    A simple news story the other day made a devastating statement about Washington's overreach: "Government officials fine-tuning guidelines for marketing food to children say they won't push the food industry to get rid of colorful cartoon characters on food products anytime soon." Good grief.

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    Betting on food prices might sell hungry short

    NPR
    Speculators in the agricultural commodities markets are forcing grocery prices to rise too quickly and erratically, according to some top economists marking World Food Day on Sunday. More
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    Obama has 2012 campaign staff in 38 states

    POLITICO
    The Obama campaign's FEC report last week shed light on the impressive scale of the president's 2012 operation, and The New York Times sizes up the firepower of his fully armed and operational battle station. More
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    For Romney, Iowa could be fork in road to GOP nomination

    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney has an Iowa problem. Or maybe it's an Iowa solution. The next few months will sort out which as the former Massachusetts governor and front-runner in the Republican presidential race decides how much he wants to play in the Hawkeye State caucuses, which will kick off the nomination fight early next year. More
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    CNN poll: Romney, Cain tied nationally

    POLITICO
    In case there wasn't enough proof that Rick Perry's numbers had taken a dive and Herman Cain is filling the space, here's another poll: A CNN survey taken from Friday through Sunday shows Mitt Romney and Cain essentially tied. More
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    Cain's next test: Harnessing surge

    The Wall Street Journal
    Herman Cain's rise in the polls has breathed life into his shoestring campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. But less than three months from the first primary, being a Cain supporter in New Hampshire isn't easy. More
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    Hillary Clinton: 'It's time for others to step up'

    The Washington Post
    Once again Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked, and once again she said no. (So could we please stop asking her?) More
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    US businesses face rude shock as EU health claim laws loom

    Nutra Ingredients
    U.S. companies must get up to speed with European Union health claim changes or face big hits and missed opportunities on existing trade, according to the chief of a leading U.K. supplements group. More
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    Frozen okra standards revised

    Federal Register
    The Agricultural Marketing Service of the Department of Agriculture has revised the standards for grades of frozen okra, effective Nov. 16. More
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    Busting GM myths: A view from Greenpeace

    The Conversation
    The Conversation recently published an article looking at the myths about genetic modification. This article is a contribution to the ongoing debate about whether there is any safe way to modify our food genetically. More
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    Seattle group organizes against GMO crops

    Crosscut
    This October marks the second non-GMO month, created to raise awareness about the GMO issues. GMOFreeWashington is hosting talks Tuesday and Wednesday by consumer advocate Jeffrey Smith, who will discuss why the proliferation of GMOs must be stopped and practical ways to avoid them at the grocery store.

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    E. coli confessions: Part VII

    Food Safety News
    This is the seventh installment in a series written by John Munsell of Miles City, Mont., who explains how the small meat plant his family owned for 59 years ran afoul of USDA's meat inspection program. Read Part V and Part VI online as well. More
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    Japan's controls on US beef might be eased

    The Daily Yomiuri
    The Japanese government likely will ease import restrictions on U.S. beef as early as next year, according to government sources. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to make an official announcement on the easing of import restrictions in a meeting with President Barack Obama at the Japan-U.S. summit in November. More
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    Wal-Mart executives resign in latest setback in China

    Los Angeles Times
    Wal-Mart said Monday it is replacing the head of its operations in China, the latest setback in the country for the giant U.S. retailer after employees were arrested and detained last week in the western city of Chongqing over a labeling scandal. More
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    Opinion: Pesticides are good for you

    Food Safety News
    Michele Simon of Food Safety News writes, "For years now, I have been hearing about the food industry's influence on the annual conference of the American Dietetic Association. Last month, I witnessed it for myself and discovered the corporate takeover by Big Food was worse than I imagined." More
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    Baskin-Robbins launches Cake Bites

    FBR
    Baskin-Robbins, a U.S.-based chain of ice cream specialty shops, has introduced Cake Bites, a new offering that combines ice cream and cake in a single serving. More
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    Wendy's brings back 'Where's the beef?'

    Marketing
    Proving that, unlike bad fast food, you can't keep a good advertising tagline down, burger chain Wendy's has resurrected its iconic "Where's the Beef?" slogan in a new integrated marketing campaign. More
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    The warehouse manager's handbook

    Food Logistics
    Warehouse managers, whether they are responsible for multiple facilities equipped with the latest technology or a simple operation that relies on spreadsheets and clipboards, share a common goal: to run an efficient facility that gets product in and out in a timely manner. More
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    FT: Lion Capital plans to split Young's Seafood

    Bloomberg
    Lion Capital, a private equity company that focuses on consumer goods, is considering breaking up frozen food company Findus Group to focus on U.K. operations, the FT reported. More
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    Heat and Control acquires Spray Dynamics

    Quick Frozen Foods International
    With a view to providing food processors with complete single-source support, and to expand its selection of coating systems and seasoning applicators, California-based Heat and Control Inc. has purchased Spray Dynamics Ltd. More
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    J Kings acquires frozen food distributor JNI

    Long Island Business News
    Holtsville, N.Y.-based J. Kings Food Service Professionals has acquired JNI Specialty Foods, a frozen food distributor serving the New York City metropolitan area for more than 30 years, the companies announced Friday. More
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    Listeria buster: Food bio-packaging with harmless viruses

    Allvoices
    Canadian researchers Hany Anany and Mansel Griffiths (University of Guelph) from the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network may have a solution to deadly foodborne pathogen outbreaks: new packaging methods that would provide biocontrol by using harmless viruses. More
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    Meat at Missouri plant ordered to be destroyed

    Southeast Missourian
    Tests conducted at the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory indicated chicken and pork products from Reis Meat Processing in Pocahontas, Mo., contained abnormally high bacteria levels. More
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    Ohio firm recalls ready-to-eat beef, pork products

    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    E-Z Shop Kitchens Inc., a Fremont, Ohio, establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat seasoned beef and shredded pork products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. More
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    Raw mussels recalled over paralytic shellfish toxin

    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to serve or consume certain lots of raw mussels from Aquatec Seafoods Ltd. and Taylor Shellfish Canada because they may contain paralytic shellfish toxins. More
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    Report reveals 'abusive marketing practices'

    FoodBev
    A revelatory report released by The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, has stirred controversy in the natural foods marketing arena by highlighting abusive marketing practices by some of the nation's largest breakfast cereal manufacturers. More
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    Steam pasteurization technology used for nuts, seeds

    PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
    Napasol AG, supplier of a natural steam pasteurization technology, has validated its process for the elimination of microbiological contamination in walnuts; the technology is widely applicable to low-moisture foods such as nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. More
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    Ultrasonic knife minimizes product stress, eases cleaning

    Food Production Daily
    Bosch reports its new guillotine cutter is equipped with ultrasonic technology that minimizes stress to preserve product quality and reduce waste and cleaning times. More
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